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Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services
Associate of Science

Program Description

The associate of science in emergency medical services degree provides the first two years of study for a student who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical services at UNM-Main. The curriculum is designed to teach and train paramedic leaders to be better prepared to handle the realities of a new era in prehospital medicine. Graduates will have the breadth of knowledge to think independently, and to push the development of emergency medical services. The program prepares students to advance to higher levels of education.

Career and educational advancement opportunities

Intended to prepare graduates to meet the professional educational needs of pre-hospital care providers, the associate of science in emergency medical services meets 2009 National EMS Educational Standards requirements and incorporates EMT scope of practice. Upon successful completion of course requirements and a minimum GPA of 2.33, graduates will be eligible for National Registry testing and for admission to the UNM School of Medicine, Emergency Medical Services Academy Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services.


Information about the associate of science in emergency medical services degree is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or, or the Community Education Program at 505.925.8970.

Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the ACCUPLACER or ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Course: MATH 120 and MATH 106 – or place into MATH 121;

Credit Hours: 3 and 1; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 104-120 (Elementary Algebra)/22

Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (9-10 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition) or 112 (Composition II) or 113 (Enhanced Composition)3 or 3 or 4
ENGL 120 (Composition III)3
CJ 130 (Public Speaking)3
Mathematics (6 credits)
MATH 121 (College Algebra)3
STAT 145 (Introduction to Statistics)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (12 credits)
BIOL 123/124L (Biology for Health-Related Sciences and Non-Majors plus Lab)4
BIOL 237/247L (Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences plus Lab)4
CHEM 121/123 (General Chemistry plus Lab)4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
PSY 105 (General Psychology) 3
Humanities (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Fine Arts (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Fine Arts.
Foreign Language (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Foreign Language.
Core Requirements (21 credits)
EMS 113 (EMT-Basic)8
EMS 120 (Introduction to EMS System)3
EMS 142 (EMT-Basic Lab)2
EMS 143 (EMT-Intermediate Lab)1
EMS 151 (EMT-Intermediate Clinical and Field Experience)2
EMS 180 (EMT-Intermediate)5
Total required (60 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main and other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.